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Book Reviews - Indian History

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Back in the day (school, to be precise!) I never took interest in Indian history. All I remember is - endless bookmarks and notes that made my hands and head hurt. Never realizing that history can be interesting. It happened in our parents/ grand parent's lives, and in some way it impacted us all. At least that's what I take from reading this non-fiction genre. It's very important for me to know what happened, people's reactions and the many lessons we can learn from them. Knowing the truth, is better than not knowing at all. So this curiosity led me to read about a few major catastrophic events, movements and revolution in India. Based in 4 different parts of India, at 4 different times, unrelated to each other, but greatly influenced by caste and religion. Killing many, gaining nothing, terrorizing, and having just one common enemy - The Government! Hope you enjoy the reviews.

"Amritsar - Mrs. Gandhi's Last Battle", by Mark Tully & Satish Jacob

Book Reviews - Stories From Middle East And Asia

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I am here with another book review. These are some of the impactful stories I have read lately. My love for non-fiction continues, but this time I have a few fictions to add to the list too. In 2013 I travelled to Dubai, Abu Dhabi (U.A.E.) and Doha (Qatar), for a holiday. Right before the trip was even planned, I was reading Princess by Jean Sasson, upon my brother's recommendation. For some reason I was unable to finish it before the trip. After traveling to these exotic and magnificent places I was tempted to know more about their culture, religion, history and politics. So I was able to pick the following books to gain more insight. A few of them are based in countries of the Middle East and some of Asia, as you can tell from the blog post title (duh!), but they have a few similarities. I hope this compilation makes sense, because I do honestly see some similarity, however they are so unique and interesting in their own way.
I would like to add that these reviews are merely my p…

Book Reviews - Second World War

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I never read or learnt about the Second World War in school, because India was dealing with it's own wars and fights. War wasn't really the most attractive subject either, for a 15 year old (That's when I, technically, started reading). I went from Mills & boons, to sweet valley high, vampire love stories, motivational, to Sidney Sheldon, Paulo Coelho, to Indian authors. There was no turning back; I had become a "Reader". Don't close the tab just yet I, finally, grew up. Now so many things interest me. History, philosophy, psychology, classics, autobiographies, to cut the list short, I have found my new true love... Non-fiction. If I can learn something from it, I'll read it.
I have been reading a lot of books, watching lots of movies and documentaries on war, especially the Second World War. So if you too want to be bitten by this bug, here are some of my favorite books on this amazing War, which left many scared as well as scarred for life. "The …